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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1998
  • pp: 1602–1606

Single-mode fiber delivery of Nd:YAG light for precision machining applications

Duncan P. Hand and Julian D. C. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1602-1606 (1998)

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We describe the use of single-mode fibers to deliver moderate-power Nd:YAG light for precision machining at peak powers of approximately 225 W in 0.1-ms pulses. An example application is demonstrated: the cutting of 0.05- and 0.2-mm-thick stainless steel sheet with kerf widths and feature sizes as small as 30 μm.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

Original Manuscript: June 30, 1997
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 1997
Published: March 20, 1998

Duncan P. Hand and Julian D. C. Jones, "Single-mode fiber delivery of Nd:YAG light for precision machining applications," Appl. Opt. 37, 1602-1606 (1998)

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